In the 50's, in Louisiana, the smart populist, manipulative and wolf hick Willie Stark is elected governor with the support of the lower social classes. He joins a team composed of his bodyguard and friend Sugar Boy; the journalist from an aristocratic family Jack Burden; the lobbyist Tiny Duffy; and his mistress Sadie Burke, to face the opposition of the upper classes. When the influent Judge Irwin supports a group of politicians in their request of impeachment, Stark assigns Jack to find some dirtiness along the life of Irwin, leading to a tragedy in the end. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
According to Jackie Earle Haley, Steven Zaillian had wanted to cast him for the role of Sugar Boy, and had him at the top of his short list. Haley said that when he met with Zaillian, the Director remembered his work from years ago, and wanted to see how Haley had aged. Zaillian had mentioned that he spoke to Sean Penn, who had also thought of Haley for the role. See more »
Eight minutes and 30 seconds into the film, a modern (late 1990s General Electric freight locomotive C44-9) passes over the railroad trestle. The movie is set in the 1940s and '50s. See more »
[to Anne, explaining what happened to his marriage]
A lot of tangled bedclothes and unspoken loathing, then spoken loathing and no tangled bedclothes.
See more »
I loved the book and have taught it every year to my AP students. We've been excited to see the film and have had big hopes for it. I find the 1949 film nearly impossible to watch, because they made so many changes to really critical parts of the book.
I think this movie will be a great addition to my DVD collection to help establish setting and so on for future AP English classes.
The script keeps lots of the dialogue, images, and the looping storytelling from the text I understand the compressions they needed to do--and they generally worked.
The acting was powerful: lots of nuances from Jude Law, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, and the rest. I saw reviews busting on Law for being so beautiful--a tragedy we share, of course--but honestly, I thought he did well at getting to the heart of Jack.
It really helped me to see the locations where they filmed: the statehouse, Burden's Landing, Mason City, and more.
My one quibble is the ending-- I love the book because it tells a tale of redemption, of making things right, of reconciliation--I think the film hints at it, but doesn't quite get there.
46 of 66 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?